The Philadelphia Eagles are coming off what some would say was a mediocre 9-7 season. Well, think again. They won the NFC East and got a bad break when Jadeveon Clowney made helmet to helmet contact with Carson Wentz, knocking him out of the playoff game. This was a cheap shot, and the video below will show you why.
The Eagles come into the 2020 campaign with high hopes for another NFC East division title, a division without a repeat winner since 2004. That means, since my birth, there has never been a repeat winner. That's nuts. Needless to say, the odds are stacked against the Birds.
Week 1: Eagles at Redskins: The Eagles hit the road for their season opener, as they square off against the Redskins. The Eagles are heavily favored in this one. But, I think the Eagles are favored by too much. Division battles, at least in the NFC East, are close no matter what. Just look at the last 4 or so matchups between the Eagles and the Giants. For that reason, this one will be a tight one. But, the eagles will dominate the fourth quarter and win this one by 2 scores.
Final Score: 24-14 Eagles.
Week 2: Rams at Eagles: Home is where the heart is, as they say. This couldn't be more true for the Eagles. This one might not include fans in the stands, but walking out to the field, hearing the blaring music chosen by the players themselves will be all the inspiration they'll need. Eagles win this one easily, as the Birds move to 3-0 against the Rams in the Wentz era, once again proving Wentz is better than Goff.
Final Score: 27-10 Eagles
Week 3: Bengals at Eagles: Trap Game, Trap Game, Trap Game. This is a big game for the Bengals, and they can flex their young muscles, possibly not having to compete with the Eagles fans. They will take advantage of this and shock Philly, giving young Joe Burrow a confidence booster early on in his rookie campaign.
Final Score: 24-17 Bengals
Week 4: Eagles vs 49ers: The Eagles are pissed. They just lost to the Bengals. They think they should have won that game. They are determined to get back in the win column. This game will be Darius Slay's coming out party. Having rarely played primetime games with the Lions, he will be quite excited to play primetime against the reigning NFC champions. The Eagles, led by Slay, will shock the NFL universe by winning this one narrowly with Slay securing the win with a late game pick on Jimmy Garrapolo.
Final Score: 34-31 Eagles
Week 5: Eagles at Steelers: This game is quite obvious in my mind. Although experts are picking the Steelers, I see a 10-point Eagles win...here's why. Darius Slay will clamp up on Juju. Sidney Jones at this point will blossom into a solid corner for this team. Throw in the best defensive line in football, and that equals a death trap for the Steelers. Carson Wentz will play well, and the Eagles will walk away victorious in the Steel City.
Final Score: 23-13 Eagles
Week 6: Eagles at Ravens: The Eagles will be in for a heck of a dogfight in this one. I think the Ravens are gonna be too much, as the Eagles linebacking core is still not up to the challenge of stopping Lamar Jackson. Lamar will lead the Ravens to a narrow victory at home in week 6.
Final Score: 31-20 Ravens
Week 7: Giants at Eagles: This game is regarded as another trap game. No worries. The Eagles won't need Carson Wentz in the second half. I can finally go to bed before midnight. That's a first for the primetime games.
Final Score: 31-7 Eagles
Week 8: Cowboys at Eagles: This game is the last game of the first half for the Eagles, as they go on their bye the following week. These division games are so important. They can't overlook the Cowboys. Doug Pederson won't let the birds overlook the Cowboys. With that said, Eagles win by a touchdown.
Final Score: 23-17 Eagles
Record: 6-2 into the bye week.
Week 10: Eagles at Giants: The Eagles will be rusty coming off the bye week, which is normal. What won't be normal is the poor play from Carson Wentz. Everyone has an off day. It just so happens the Giants catch Wentz on his off day.
Final Score: 27-10 Giants
Week 11: Eagles at Browns: The Eagles head to the "Dawg Pound" desperate to keep the NFC East lead they have, which at this point is very narrow. How narrow, try a 1 game lead. This is another game Doug Pederson will not let the Eagles overlook. Eagles will win a messy game in Cleveland, by a handful.
Final Score: 20-10 Eagles
Week 12: Seahawks at Eagles: This will be trouble for the Eagles. The Eagles never seem to do well against the Seahawks. They will continue this bad spell of play against the Seahawks with a disappointing loss at the hands of Russell Wilson and the gang.
Final Score: 30-17 Seahawks
Week 13: Eagles at Packers: This game is a follow up of the Thursday Night game nearly a year ago. With a healthier Eagles squad, the Eagles will be poised to repeat the result they came away with on Thursday Night Football a year ago. And they will do just that. Eagles win by two scores on the Game of the Week.
Final Score: 30-21 Eagles
Week 14: Saints at Eagles: The Eagles will be looking to avenge their playoff loss just 2 years prior. Alshon Jeffrey will have a big game to make up for his dropped pass in the previous matchup and the Eagles will pull of another shocker at the Linc.
Final Score: 38-28 Eagles
Week 15: Eagles at Cardinals: The Eagles will have a chance to clinch in Arizona for the NFC East. This is a chance the Eagles cannot and will not pass up on. The Eagles start out slow in this one, but it is all about how they finish. Eagles clinch the NFC East and it's all about home field advantage from here on out.
Final Score: 30-17 Eagles
Week 16: Eagles vs Cowboys: This game has big playoff implications. If the Cowboys win in the wild card round, we could see Eagles Cowboys part three. The Cowboys at home are just more hungry, and as Jason Kelce said, "Hungry dogs run faster"! Eagles fall to the Cowboys in embarrassing fashion, with questions arising about their homefield chances.
Final Score: 30-13 Cowboys
Week 17: Redskins vs Eagles: At home, the Eagles don't mess around. They take this one very seriously, and lock up the 3 seed in the NFC. The Redskins play hard in this one, but Dwayne Haskins is no match for the Eagles D-Line, who sack him 4 times in this one.
Final Score: 21-3 Eagles
Generally speaking, I don't think the NFC east will be that good this year. I think the Eagles 11-5 will be enough to clinch. As for their rivals, the Cowboys, they will go 9-7 and get the second Wild Card spot in the NFC. In my opinion, if the Eagles can stay healthy, they are a true contender to take down Mahomes and the Chiefs. But, a lot can change. The NFL is in a bit of a pickle given the situation. But, the NFL should handle this the right way, and should we see Football come September, watch out for those Birds!